Card showdown: Amex Business Gold vs. Amex Business Platinum

Apr 16, 2021

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In the American Express lineup of small-business cards, the American Express® Business Gold Card and The Business Platinum Card® from American Express are two popular offerings. Both are well known but have been refreshed to stay competitive in the marketplace for small-business rewards cards in recent years.

But just like their Platinum and Gold consumer counterparts, these two cards are each geared toward cardholders with different goals and needs.

And since both of these cards offer increased limited-time offers, now is a great time to consider one of these two cards. With the Amex Business Gold Card you’ll now earn 70,000 points after you spend $10,000 within the first three months and with the Amex Business Platinum Card you’ll earn a staggering 125,000 points after spending $15,000 in the first three months.

So with two great offers, which one might be a better fit for your business needs? Let’s take a look at these cards and see which card works best.

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Benefits common to both cards

As premium travel rewards cards, both come with many of the same features, including:

  • Membership Rewards points Membership Rewards points can be transferred to miles with 18 airlines and three hotel loyalty programs. When used in this manner, points are worth 2 cents each, according to TPG’s latest monthly valuations.
  • Purchase protection — Your eligible purchases are covered against accidental damage or theft for 90 days for up to $1,000 per incident with the Business Gold and up to $10,000 per incident with the Business Platinum. However, coverage related to natural disasters is limited to $500 per incident.
  • Extended warranty — Your purchases receive up to one additional year of warranty service on purchases with warranties of five years or less.
  • Baggage insurance — Business Gold cardholders receive up to $500 worth of insurance for damaged, stolen or lost checked bags ($1,250 for carry-ons). In comparison, Business Platinum cardholders will receive up to $2,000 for checked bags ($3,000 for carry-ons) when traveling on any common carrier such as aircraft, trains, ships or buses. You must pay for the full fare using the card — just paying taxes and fees on an award ticket doesn’t count — and there’s a $1,000 cap ($250 for the Business Gold) for high-risk items.
  • The Hotel Collection — Get up to a $100 hotel credit on qualifying charges, plus a room upgrade upon arrival (when available), when you book a stay of two nights or longer with The Hotel Collection.
  • Premium roadside assistance — This benefit will dispatch and pay for emergency automotive services up to four times per year, including changing a flat tire, jump-starting a battery and towing your car up to 10 miles.
  • Account manager — Most credit cards only allow the primary cardholder to make inquiries or changes to the account. Still, this service lets you easily designate employees or other individuals who can manage your account with either full or limited access, making it easier to delegate tasks like reviewing statements, adding authorized users, making payments and disputing charges.
  •  American Express Business App — This tool allows you to manage expenses from your desktop or mobile device by entering receipts, tagging transactions and adding notes to your statements. You can also sync this data with QuickBooks.
  • Employee card features —To help you earn rewards from your employees’ spending while mitigating the risk of fraudulent transactions, Amex small-business cards allow you to limit authorized cardholders’ purchases and set real-time alerts.
  • No foreign transaction fees — Neither the Amex Business Gold (see rates and fees) nor the Business Platinum (see rates and fees) charges fees when you use your card abroad.
  • Metal card — Both the Business Gold and the Business Platinum feature heavy metal cards.
  • Pay Over Time — These cards have no preset spending limit. You can, however, use Amex’s Pay Over Time feature to extend payment on certain purchases.

American Express Business Gold Card overview

(Photo by Isabelle Raphael/The Points Guy)
(Photo by Isabelle Raphael/The Points Guy)

Current welcome offer

Earn 70,000 bonus points after you spend $10,000 on eligible purchases in the first three months of account opening.

Rewards

Earn 4x points — an 8% return based on TPG’s valuations — on your first $150,000 in combined purchases each calendar year (then 1x) from two of the following six categories where your company spent the most each billing cycle:

  • U.S. purchases at restaurants
  • Airfare purchased directly from airlines
  • U.S. purchases for advertising in select media (online, TV, radio)
  • U.S. gas stations (not including supermarkets or warehouse stores)
  • U.S. shipping
  • U.S. purchases made directly from select technology providers of computer hardware, software and cloud solutions

You earn 1x points per dollar spent on all other purchases, with no limits. Amex will automatically calculate which categories you spend the most in each month to award your 4x points.

Other benefits

  • 25% Pay with Points rebate — You’ll get 25% of your points back when you redeem points at Amex Travel to pay for first- or business-class airfare on any airline or economy-class tickets with a carrier you can select each year. Award flights booked this way are treated as revenue tickets, so you’ll earn both redeemable miles and elite credit on them. Note that you must have the full number of required points in your account to book travel and your rebate will be issued within six to 10 weeks. This rebate is capped at 250,000 points per calendar year.
  • Pay Over Time — Business Gold cardmembers are automatically enrolled in the Pay Over Time program, which offers an extended payment option for eligible $100 or more purchases.

See our full card review for more details.

Annual fee: $295 (see rates and fees)

Related: Want to upgrade your tech in 2021? Use these Amex cards

The Business Platinum Card from American Express overview

(Photo by Isabelle Raphael/The Points Guy)
You can earn 5x Membership Rewards points with the Amex Business Platinum card when you book prepaid hotels through amextravel.com. (Photo by Isabelle Raphael/The Points Guy)

Current welcome offer

Earn 125,000 points after you spend $15,000 on eligible purchases within the first three months of account opening via a TPG-exclusive offering.

Rewards

Earn 1x points for every dollar you spend on eligible purchases, and:

  • 5x points on flights and prepaid hotels booked through amextravel.com.
  • 1.5x points on each eligible purchase of $5,000 or more, up to 1 million additional points per calendar year.
  • Terms apply.

Benefits

See our full card review for more details.

Annual fee: $595 (see rates and fees)

Which card should you get?

Ultimately, the best choice comes down to what you’re looking for in a card.

The two cards are geared toward different types of small-business needs. The Amex Business Platinum is great for frequent travelers and those looking for a card to give them perks and benefits that enhance their experience when traveling. On the other hand, the Business Gold is better for small-business owners who want to earn maximum points on everyday business spending.

The case for the Business Platinum Card

The Amex Business Platinum is certainly the more luxurious of the two cards, offering a more extensive list of benefits and credits to offset the annual fee.

The Business Platinum’s TPG-exclusive 125,000-point welcome offer dwarfs the 70,000 points being offered by the Amex Business Gold for new cardholders. Based on TPG’s valuation of Membership Rewards points at 2 cents each, that 125,000-point welcome offer is worth a whopping $2,500. Plus, you’ll likely get value from the other benefits exclusive to the Business Platinum card.

These benefits include Marriott and Hilton elite status, an array of airport lounge access and more. These perks will usually deliver more than enough value for most business travelers to justify the Business Platinum card’s annual fee.

The case for the Business Gold Card

Would I always recommend the Business Platinum card over the Business Gold Card? Of course not.

The Business Platinum card offers excellent perks, but if you’re likely to not make use of all those included benefits, then the Business Gold Card is worth a closer look — and it can offer superior earning potential.

While the Amex Business Platinum is superior when it comes to perks and benefits, the Amex Business Gold outshines the Platinum when earning bonus points on spending categories. There are plenty of small-business owners who can use the 4x bonus categories and the $150,000 annual cap (of combined purchases) is very generous.

If you get anywhere close to maximizing those bonuses, the value of the points you earn will dwarf the Business Gold card’s $295 annual fee (see rates and fees). Indeed, if you spend $150,000 in 4x categories, you’ll earn 600,000 Membership Rewards points, which TPG values at $12,000.

Bottom line

Depending on the size and nature of your business, you might even consider getting both cards: Carry the Business Gold when you can maximize the 4x spending categories, and keep a Business Platinum to enjoy benefits like Centurion Lounge access, 5x Membership Rewards points on eligible airfare and hotel charges, along with rental car elite status and the 35% rebate on points redeemed for airfare through Amex Travel.

By examining your business needs, you can choose the best combination of cards to maximize your award travel possibilities.

Application link: The Business Platinum Card from American Express — Welcome bonus offers up to 125,000 points

Application link: American Express Business Gold Card — Welcome bonus offers up to 70,000 points

For rates and fees of the Amex Business Gold Card, please click here.
For rates and fees of the Amex Business Platinum Card, please click here.

Additional reporting by Benét J. Wilson and Madison Blancaflor.

Featured photo by John Gribben for The Points Guy.

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